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JUAN RAMON JIMENEZ
The Little Green Girl


The little girl is green.
She has green eyes, green hair.

She comes through the green air
(and the earth turns green).

Her tiny wild rose
isn’t pink or white. It’s green.

Her sheer shining slip
isn’t blue or white. It’s green.

She comes over the green sea
(and the sky turns green).

My life will always open
a little green door for her.

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JUAN RAMON JIMENEZ

Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881–1958) received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1956. Michael Carey farms in southwest Iowa near the town of Farragut. He is the author of a teaching manual and five books of poetry. “The Little Green Girl” first appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of The Iowa Review.

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